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Giada's Herbed Quinoa

2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  For the quinoa: In a medium saucepan, add the chicken stock, lemon juice and quinoa. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 12 to 15 minutes.

For the dressing: In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, basil, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the dressing over the quinoa and toss until all the ingredients are coated. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Quinoa and Cucumber Noodles with Avocado Dressing

Serves: 4 – 6:
• 2 cups cucumber, spiralized or julienned
• 2 cups chopped tomatoes
• 2 large avocados, diced
• 1 red onion, sliced
• 2 cups cooked quinoa
• 1 handful chopped parsley (or cilantro)

For the dressing:
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
• Juice of one lime
• Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
• 3/4 cup olive oil

  The salad:
In a large bowl combine cucumber, tomato, avocado, onion, quinoa and parsley.

The dressing:
In a blender or food processor, combine avocado, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Add in olive oil progressively until just combined. Transfer to a jar and drizzle over the salad before serving.

Recipe courtesy of eatwell 101

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